Domestic & Family Abuse

Resources To Help Individuals And Churches Respond To Domestic Violence.

The Anglican Diocese of Sydney takes matters of domestic abuse very seriously. It is addressed through the Diocesan Domestic Abuse Policy (see below), and in the Safe Ministry Training courses we run.

By October 2019 there will be an online training course to better equip ministry teams to recognise and respond to domestic abuse in the context of our churches and associated ministries.

At its 2018 meeting, Synod approved the Sydney Anglican Policy on Responding to Domestic Abuse.
This document can be accessed here:

Responding to Domestic Abuse: Policy and Good Practice Guidelines and Resources 2018
The Use and Misuse of Scripture with Regard to Domestic Abuse (p57-60). Chinese version 中文
Responding to Domestic Abuse – Policy Guidelines (Excerpt)

A domestic abuse flowchart
A simple guide to what action should be taken when a person discloses domestic abuse. Excellent resource for church staff and ministry leaders.
Domestic Abuse Chart
Domestic Abuse flowchart – Chinese version 中文

In August 2015, Southern Cross published a cover story about domestic violence in the lives of church members
‘Victim To Their Charms’ Domestic Violence – Southern Cross Aug 2015

Part of the above article but useful as a standalone resource is Nicky Lock’sHow To Respond‘ list of action and advice when we experience domestic violence in our lives or the lives of those around us:
Domestic Violence -How To Respond

Anglicare Domestic Violence Adviser – 0438 826 556 (business hours)
Advice to clergy and lay ministers in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney especially for domestic abuse in a church-related setting.

1800 Respect
Confidential information, counselling and support service
Open 24 hours to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.
Web site: 1800 Respect

1800 Respect & Women with disabilities Australia  – ‘Sunny’ App
Women with disability have improved access to violence information and support with this smartphone app. Available for Android and iOS devices, search for it in your app store.

These links are provided for your reading interest and do not necessarily reflect the views of the PSU or the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.

An ABC News story from February 2019

An ABC report by Julia Baird and Hayley Gleeson from October 2018

Three articles by Erica Hamence posted on commongrace.org.au
Part 1: Do theological debates around headship and submission add to or obscure safety? 
Part 2: What is your church’s culture of power? 
Part 3: Why don’t we listen to victims?

Two articles from Case Quarterly (courtesy of New College, UNSW)
R. Isaacs ‘Facing domestic violence.’ Case Quarterly, Vol. 49, 2017
R. Isaacs ‘Responding to Domestic Violence: Biblical reflections.’ Case Quarterly, Vol. 52, 2018  (pdf)